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Rhinoplasty, also known as "nose job", is performed to change the shape, size, or overall appearance of the nose. It is usually a cosmetic surgery performed to improve the appearance of the nose, but it can also be performed for functional reasons, such as correcting breathing problems caused by structural problems within the nose.


What is Rhinoplasty Surgery?


Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that aims to change the size or overall appearance of the nose. The treatment can be used to correct a variety of problems such as a hump on the bridge of the nose, a bulbous tip, a drooping nose, or a deviated septum.

The procedure may also be favoured to improve breathing difficulties and improve the overall balance and symmetry of the face. Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthetic and takes 2-4 hours. The procedure is performed with incisions made within the nostrils (closed rhinoplasty) or with a small incision along the columella, the strip of skin separating the nostrils (open rhinoplasty). The specific surgical technique used is determined depending on the patient's needs and goals. The recovery period after rhinoplasty can take several weeks, during which time swelling and bruising gradually decrease.


Who are Good Candidates for Rhinoplasty?


The individual must fulfill some criteria for a rhinoplasty operation.


  • Physical Health: Good physical health is important for optimal healing and recovery. Patients with serious medical conditions or weakened immune systems may not be good candidates for rhinoplasty.
  • Realistic Expectations: Patients should have a clear understanding of what rhinoplasty can and cannot achieve and have realistic expectations for the results of the procedure.
  • Age Scale: The nose must be fully developed before rhinoplasty is performed, which usually occurs at the age of 15-16 for girls and 16-17 for boys.
  • Dissatisfaction with the Appearance of the Nose: Patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose, such as those with a humped bridge, a bulbous tip, a drooping nose, or a deviated septum, are good candidates for rhinoplasty.
  • Desire to Improve Breathing Difficulties: Rhinoplasty may be recommended for candidates seeking to improve breathing difficulties caused by a deviated septum or other structural problems in the nose.


It is important to remember that each patient's situation is different and the best way to determine if rhinoplasty is a good option is to schedule a consultation with a qualified surgeon who can assess individual needs.


How is the Rhinoplasty Procedure Performed?


The specific techniques used during a rhinoplasty procedure can vary depending on the patient's needs and goals. In general, several steps are followed during the procedure.


  • Anesthesia: Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia with sedation.
  • Incisions: The surgeon will make incisions to access the underlying bone and cartilage of the nose. In a closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made within the nostrils, while in an open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made across the columella.
  • Reshaping the Nose: The surgeon will use surgical instruments to reshape the underlying bone and cartilage of the nose as needed. This may involve removing or adding tissue, or reshaping existing structures.
  • Closing the Incisions: Once the desired changes have been made, the incisions are closed using dissolvable sutures or surgical tape.
  • Recovery: After the procedure, the patient will need to wear a splint over the nose for several days to protect it and help it maintain its new shape.


It's important to keep in mind that every rhinoplasty procedure is unique and may differ from the general steps outlined above, depending on the patient's specific needs and goals. It is very important to discuss the specific details of the procedure with the surgeon before the operation.


How Does the Healing Cycle Progress After Rhinoplasty?


The healing process after rhinoplasty typically progresses through various stages.

Immediately after the procedure, the patient will experience swelling and bruising around the nose and eyes. This is normal and will gradually subside over the next several days. The patient will be required to wear a splint over the nose for several days to protect it and help it maintain its new shape. The splint will be removed after 5-7 days, and any sutures used during the procedure will be removed within the first week.

During the first week, the patient may experience stiffness and discomfort in the nose and surrounding area. Pain medication can be used to manage any discomfort. Swelling and bruising will continue to subside over the next several weeks, and the final results of the procedure will become more apparent. Most patients can return to work within 7-10 days, although they should avoid strenuous physical activity for several weeks.

The healing process generally takes place in these phases. However, the time to complete the process may vary from patient to patient and may be longer for some individuals. It is important to follow the surgeon's postoperative instructions and attend all follow-up appointments to ensure optimal healing and recovery.

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